Development of thin-type rocking device mounted on office chair for supporting falling asleep

Junpei Maeda, Hiroto Shinohara, Shigeru Uesugi

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    Abstract

    As we know a power nap during the lunchtime break helps improve work efficiency. It is also known that vibration induced environments -such as in a moving car-enhances sleepiness. And, as office work prevails in the workforce, the authors have focused on adapting a standard office chair by sandwiching between the seat and the user a thin cushion-size mechanism oscillating up and down for inducing sleep. This device is constructed based on wedge mechanism that includes a counter-weight function. Although its compactness, this device can lift a user up to 100 kg. Adjusting to the user's preferences, the rocking motion can be tuned while respecting a maximum stroke of 5mm at a peak frequency of 2 Hz.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages1543-1548
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509067572
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 23
    Event14th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017 - Takamatsu, Japan
    Duration: 2017 Aug 62017 Aug 9

    Other

    Other14th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017
    CountryJapan
    CityTakamatsu
    Period17/8/617/8/9

    Keywords

    • Counter balance
    • Inducing sleep
    • Power nap
    • Vibration
    • Wedge mechanism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Optimization
    • Instrumentation
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering

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    Maeda, J., Shinohara, H., & Uesugi, S. (2017). Development of thin-type rocking device mounted on office chair for supporting falling asleep. In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017 (pp. 1543-1548). [8016046] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICMA.2017.8016046